A St. Patrick's Day to Remember The $1,000 Per Plate Dinner with Leo Varadkar and Other High-Profile Guests
Image Courtesy of The Ireland Funds (irelandfunds.org)

On Wednesday evening, around 800 people gathered at the Ireland Funds Gala Dinner in Washington DC. Just before St. Patrick’s Day, the Gala Dinner happens. An exclusive black-tie event that starts at $1,000 a plate. The guest list included former Irish President Mary Robinson, US Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, among others. Before the Ireland Funds Gala Dinner, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar talked to the media, and emphasized the strong links between Ireland and the United States. In particular, in supporting peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network that supports Irish charities and causes. The annual Gala Dinner in Washington DC is one of its most prestigious events. Irish and American dignitaries, business leaders, and philanthropists attend the said event. Over the years, the dinner become a symbol of the strong bond between Ireland and the United States. It became a platform for promoting Irish culture, business, and politics, as well.

The Gala Dinner’s Newsworthy Past: Leo Varadkar

The Ireland Funds Gala Dinner has had its fair share of newsworthy moments. In 2020, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar went back home to Ireland due to its COVID-19 situation. He announced a lockdown the next day, which made headlines around the world.

Last year, it was Micheál Martin, the then Taoiseach, who was whisked out of the room during the event after testing positive for COVID-19. This year, Varadkar will be hoping for a smoother evening, with no unexpected interruptions or announcements.

Luxury and Glamor at the Gala Dinner

Despite the serious topics discussed at the Gala Dinner, the event is also known for its luxury and glamour. Attendees dress in their finest black-tie attire and are treated to a sumptuous meal, fine wines, and entertainment. For this year, an open bar, a three-course meal, and entertainment at night were offered to the guests.

  • For many, the Gala Dinner is a chance to socialize with like-minded people, make new connections, and have a good time.

Ireland Funds Gala Dinner: A Celebration of Unity and Peace

But beyond the luxury and glamor, the Ireland Funds Gala Dinner is a celebration of unity and peace. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s speech emphasized the strong bond between Ireland and the United States, particularly in supporting peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, st. patrick’s day, ireland funds gala dinner
Image Courtesy of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar via Instagram (@leovaradkar)

He praised the Good Friday Agreement, which marked its 25th anniversary this year. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar considers it as a moment when “the island of Ireland agreed to create a new future based on peace, powersharing and respect.”

  • He also acknowledged the crucial part that the United States bridged to help build peace in Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Looks Forward to President Biden’s Visit

Varadkar ended his speech by expressing his excitement for President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Ireland, where he will be greeted with a red carpet and warm hospitality. “We’re going to roll out the red carpet and we’re going to be making sure that he feels very welcome,” the Taoiseach said.

He described President Biden as “coming home,” given his strong Irish American roots, and thanked him and the United States for their support in building peace and prosperity in Ireland.

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SOURCES: Irish Mirror, The Ireland Funds
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